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  1. Hi Folks, having a bit of a clear out of a lot of 3d printed parts I have been running recently, and I will take a boxful to the Scale Modelworld show at Telford this coming weekend, Andy Hills at Antics has kindly offered a bit of space on his stand to keep them and hopefully sell a few! I will have some on me too, so please, if you see me, stop me and buy one!! My name isn't Lobby Ludd though, so no 10 shilling notes on offer, I am afraid.... I will try and upload some pics shortly, but at the moment, I have some of the following: 1:32 2x RAF/FAA Mk XI Depth Charges £5 1:32 2x USAF/USN Mk 82 500lb Slicks £5 1:32 1x RAF LITENING targeting Pod £8 1:32 Centre and Inner Pylons for Revell Eurofighter Typhoon £9 1:32 2x RAF/FAA Mk VIII Depth Charges £5 1:32 2x RAF/FAA 250lb MC Bombs £5 1:32 2x RAF/FAA 250lb SAP Bombs £5 1:32 2x RAF/FAA Mk 11 Depth Charges £7 Perfect for Revell Lynx! 1:32 Hawker Hunter F4 tail cone £5 Parts only in a box by the way, no decals or etched parts, or instructions. I know you lot will be able to cope with that though.... I also have done a bunch of Harrier Ferry tanks in various scales, which will be on sale at the IPMS Harrier SIG I will try and bring some other samples of 3d printed items to show anyone interested in them, always happy to discuss the pros and cons of course! Looking forward to seeing everyone at the show, and of course anyone interested in getting some of these parts who can't make the show, do drop me a PM. Happy to mail world wide! Here are the parts for the Mk 11 DCs suitable for the Lynx. I'll take some better pics!!! Parts are built on a FormLabs 2, so the detail and surface quality is pretty good!
  2. Just added the finishing touches to Airfix's 1/24th Hawker Typhoon MkIb this week: a project I've had on the bench for the last 6 months or so. Admittedly I've picked it up and put it down as and when I've felt like it, but regardless this kit is most definitely a long-term investment in regard to time and effort. I found it an absolute joy to build and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Fit was exceptional but you must follow the instructions to the letter, especially where the engine and its piping is concerned, as tolerances are very tight. The only after-market was a set of Eduard seat belts - everything else was OOB. PIC 9 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 8 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 7 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 6 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 5 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 4 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 3 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 2 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 1 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr PIC 10 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I opted for the post-war scheme so other than some tonal variation to the paint, I kept the weathering restrained. Paints were Xtracolour enamels with Humbrol flat as a top coat. Decals were from the kit and were excellent, bedding down well over the recessed/raised details without any problems. All in all, a fantastic kit - roll on the big Hellcat! Best regards, Tom
  3. This is my first foray into 1/24 scale since I was a kid, building the MPC kits: the Airfix Cardoor Typhoon, and my second ever Airfix kit. For some reason I don't see many of these built. The parts need a little extra cleanup, but the engineering is amazing. Everything is out of the box, except for an Airscale compass decal. This is three days work, and pretty fun so far! Cheers, Tom
  4. We review a set from Aires for the Revell 1:32 Typhoon kits: http://www.largescaleplanes.com/reviews/review.php?rid=2064 Iain
  5. Another aftermarket accessory for the Eurofighter Typhoon in 1:32: http://www.largescaleplanes.com/reviews/review.php?rid=2020 Iain
  6. Here is my newly built Hawker Typhoon, in 1/24 scale from Airfix. This is a magnificent kit to build. It's a little challenging, but that's what it should be, and also very big. . I built it with an Eduard etch details for the cockpit, and also substituted Eduard steel seat belts for the kit parts. One other addition I now wish I'd made was metal undercarriage legs, as the kit pieces are a little wobbly. Clamping the doors to the legs for a firm attachment as the glue sets is a help, and it now appears to be quite steady. There are about 500 parts in this kit, and they assemble into a pretty impressive kit. But to further enhance the kit, I made both the pilot's door and top canopy hinges so they can open and close as I wish. I also made the lower cowlings fit to the model, which the instructions tell you can't be done if you want a fully detailed engine. Well detailed cockpits and engines are, for me, important parts of any large scale build. Alas, there is no way the top engine cowl will fit, so I'll have to get the duster out more often. There is a detailed build in the Works in Progress forum, so it is not my intention to reproduce much from that here. You can find it in this link: http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=67834 Instead, I would like to provide a little history of this plane, the tactics used and it's pilot. But first, a few more pictures of the plane. I have chosen to build a fighter bomber version, rather than the rocket firing aircraft, and my chosen subject represents a plane flown by Squadron Leader Denis Crowley-Milling, CO of 181 Squadron, RAF. Crowley Milling was originally a Rolls Royce apprentice when in 1937 he was mobilised with the RAF Volunteer Reserve, being posted to 615 Squadron. He served with this squadron in France in 1940, and showed pilots how to service their aircraft to help evacuate as many as possible in June, with the defeat of France. Shortly after this he was posted to 242 Squadron, where he flew as Douglas Bader's wingman. In August 1941, now serving as a Flight Commander with 610 Squadron, he was shot down while escorting Stirling bombers over France, but a few months later was repatriated to England having successfully evaded capture. In September 1942, he was promoted to Squadron Leader and given command of 181 Squadron, a new Typhoon squadron tasked with developing the plane in its ground attack role. Subsequently, he was promoted to acting Wing Commander of 121 wing, but four months into that job he was grounded after developing eye problems, probably as a result of all the dive bombing with 181. After the war, he was given a permanent commission, later commanding a Tempest squadron in Palestine in 1947. He left the RAF in 1975 with the rank of Air Marshall, and died in London in 1996. During his service with the RAF, he was awarded the DSO, DFC and bar during the war, a CBE in 1963, and then a knighthood in 1973. Below is a picture of Crowley-Milling in the plane, together with a shot of a Typhoon being run up, producing a lot of noise and smoke. Notice the man on the right with his hands over his ears!! Experience with Hurricanes had shown that dive bombing was the most accurate way to deploy a bomb from a fighter at that time, so on commencing training, 181 Squadron practised against derelict ships in the Wash (an area off the East Anglian coast of England). Operations then commenced against German fighter bases in France and the low countries. As Crowley Milling later told; “We used to time our approach to coincide with the return of the big American B-17 daylight raids, so that we arrived as the German fighters which had been up to intercept them were returning, short of fuel and ammunition, and landing back at their bases. The squadron would cross the channel at nought feet to get under the German radar, then climb up to 10,000ft at the French coast. We would then go straight to places like Caen, Abbeville, St Omer and Triqueville diving down from 10,000ft and let the bombs go at 5,000 to 6,000ft so keeping clear of the light flak. As you dived down, you could look behind and see the heavy flak bursting to the rear. We developed pretty good accuracy; on one occasion one of our bombs actually burst under an enemy aircraft as it was touching down. Once dropped, we didn't hang around and got out fast. If you were jumped, you jettisoned the bombs, but this seldom happened. On approach to a target the Typhoon, being such a splendid aircraft, could cruise at 300mph low down, with little ill effect on performance from the load hanging under its wings.†The squadron also attached industrial centres and shipping. When attacking shipping, the practice was to attack in pairs, with the leading plane firing guns to keep the flak down, and the number two aircraft carried the bombs. Bomb carrying Typhoons were dubbed “Bomphoons†in the press, but in 1943, rockets arrived. But that's another story, if ever I build the later Airfix Typhoon. Cheers, Michael
  7. It's been a while since I've posted a build here, and the main reason for that is that I haven't built anything. Last July, I started a Trumpeter 1/32 Thunderbolt, went on holiday in August, and couldn't face it when I got back. My "issue" (read as excuse) was that I'd reached the bit where i needed to detail the engine, with all those fiddly ignition wires. A couple of attempts had me running, screaming, for the hills. I started trying to hunt down some lead wire, but I'm having difficulty with that. So to the Shelf Of Doom it went (hereinafter know as SOD it). Next to be removed from the stash was an SH Yak 3, but that progressed no further than removing the box lid. That was only a couple of weeks ago, and it didn't really float my boat. After this??? Knowing my birthday was coming up and what I was getting, I decided to wait. So here's my next build, something I see as a bit easier than the thrice accursed Thunderbolt. I've also bought an Eduard cockpit detail set and some seatbelts for it, but having seen the kit belts, I may put them aside for a 1/24 Hurricane I have in my stash. The lid was eagerly removed and a few hours spent studying the instructions. First issue: Where's the paint chart, Mr Airfix??? Numbers indicating Humbrol paints don't cut it for me. A search of the wide world of web found a suitable chart, so this is now taped up where it will be useful. My first session involved putting the wing spars, cockpit side frames and firewall together, which was then clamped to the wing centre section for alignment. Next day, the rear cockpit frames went on. As the side frames were a little bent, some careful clamping was needed, but to some degree, it pulls itself back into place. It just needs a little encouragement. The whole assembly was sprayed with Tamiya rattle can aluminium, then the firewall and cockpit frames were painted flat black. After that, the cockpit build began firstly with rudder pedal heel boards and rudder pedals, then adding more bits as per the instructions. I'm presently at the end of page 2. Don't ask how many more to go. I'll probably dull down the black frames with a little dry brushing. Next up is the more intricate cockpit detailing. I have to say this is a fantastic kit. It doesn't appear to be that difficult; it's just that there's a lot off it. My only criticisms so far are the lack of proper paint chart in the instructions and the slightly bent frames, although this is not difficult to correct. Forty parts down, another 480 to go!!! Cheers, Michael
  8. Trumpeter or Revell of Germany? Opinions? Can anyone point me to a comparison site?
  9. Eduard releases August http://www.eduard.com/store/out/media/distributors/leaflet/leaflet2016-08.pdf 1/32 Mirage III Big-Ed set - yeah! 1/32 AIM-9B Brassin 1/32 AIM-7E Brassin 1/32 A-6E TRAM etch stuff Plus a bunch of proppy stuff for the big 1/24 Typhoon and 1/32 Tempest Tony (still hoping for 1/48 coloured etch for the Su-9U Maiden)
  10. Ladies and Gentlemen..................................................................................... the wait is OVER!!!! Fresh off the Airfix e-mail:- Coming in 2016, 1/24th Hawker 'Car Door' Typhoon, let the celebrations commence or not Paul
  11. Anyone else seen this offer from Airfix? http://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/veday-bundles/airfix-bundle-1.html If you're in the UK, you get free shipping too! Carl
  12. Hi all I've been saving hard for sometime now for one of those Big! Tiffies and now I have one, yes the Airfix 1/24 Typhoon. I'm hoping I make a great job of her as I'm making this in memory of a wonderful chap I had the pleasure of talking to over lunch some time ago now, he flew these brutes and Mustang P-51B's during the war and some of his tales are scary and brave but a little humour was in amongst the fear. So first up is the seat this was painted with Tamiya paints and a touch of artist oil for a wash. Secondly was the lower wing this to had Tamiya paint and was washed over with artist oil Vandyke Brown. Thirdly was the framing, now for this I tried a new method of painting. I used Tamiya X18 semi gloss black as the first coat then I used warpaints shinning silver and then I thought this looks a bit dull so I then used rub n buff silver and bam she came to life and so this is the result. The Vandyke Brown was also used as a base wash on the framework as well as the wheel bays and cockpit, a little copper and brass was also rubbed in on the oil tank in front of the cockpit. Thanks for stopping by. Clive
  13. Hi everyone; We are excited to announce our newest EagleCals for the Typhoon in 1/24th scale, just in time for the new kit! This represents a new scale for EagleCals. Research by Mark Proulx, profiles by Thierry Dekker. These are just beautiful. Here are the profiles for Part I with Part II coming in the next few days. Judy and Team Eagle
  14. Howdy gang, I've been getting some inquires about these two kits. So, I thought I'd head ya'll off at the pass! The Airfix 1/24 Typhoon is available. $120.00 We are taking pre-orders for the HK 1/32 Do-335. $150 Remember, Roll Models has free shipping on orders over $195. That is important to keep in mind with these larger models. :-) As always, email me with questions. Brent
  15. Hi guys; Here are three more profiles Thierry Dekker prepared for us for our new 1/24th scale Typhoon EagleCals. Thanks to Mark Proulx for his amazing research!
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